Immediate Waiver Wire Pick Ups (all in order by priority)
MLB Zac Diles HOU - the smart money is on Diles to replace MLB D. Ryans for the rest of the year. There's huge potential there.
OLB Keith Rivers CIN vs. Miami week 8. He's been getting better and better each week and, although has a few off games, I don't think he'll have one vs. MIA. He just finished with 7 solos and has been looking great.
OLB Justin Durant JAC was back week 6 and looked like the only Jaquar who cared about playing in that crappy MNF game vs. TEN. This week, that hustle resulted in 7 solos and an assist. He was a sleeper of mine coming into the year and I like him. As an example of where I would rank him; I would want Dhani Jones of the Bengals more than both Rivers or Durant, but I think K. Rivers & Durant is right behind the IDP level of Dhani Jones. Durant is higher than a "fill-in" or bye week because I think he's going to be good for the rest of the year. So he has the potential of being more of a "long-term" add. As does. K. Rivers.
ILB Stephen Cooper SD is a past elite IDP stud. He fell from grace last year, but has been slowly scratching back up the ranks over the last 2 weeks and with 9 solos week 7 to follow up with a 6 solo, 2 pass deflection week 6 is enough to recommend him for TEN week 8 and possibly beyond.
LB S. Fujita CLE is on bye week 8, but he deserves to be on your radar. He finished with 10 solos, a sack and an INT against New Orleans week 7. He's not overly consistent, but he does have 3.5 sacks this year and 2 forced fumbles so you could do much worse deeper leagues and he's almost guaranteed to be on your waiver wire
Reminder, CB G. Toler ARI is still the top IDP CB in the league and does not belong on your waiver wire. But if he's there, he belongs on your team, now.
S . Ndukwe CIN vs. MIA week 8. If he]s on your wire, he belongs on your team. Look back at his box scores and see if your safety is as consistent and solid as this guy. If the answer is "No", then replace your guy with him. Delmas might be an example. I haven't compared Delmas to Ndukwe yet, but my hunch is Ndukwe is the guy you want more.
CB Nate Clements SF has been much more solid than I realized this year. This week was 8 solos, an assist, a sack and a forced fumble vs. CAR and week 8 he gets pass heavy Denver. If he's available, he'll get you some nice points and could earn permanent residence on your roster.
S Erik Coleman ATL is on bye week 8, but he has been an IDP stud in the past, but was benched and partially injured most of the season. It looks like he's back and had himself a very solid game week 7 with 7 solos and an assist.
(DT required only) The DT you want this year is Colin Cole for the Seahawks in leagues that you must start DTs. He has a boatload of tackles compared to other DTs and had 7 in week 7.
DE Dwan Edwards BUF had one of those games that you often see from players who play their former teams. I should have seen that coming vs. Baltimore. Regardless, he is a very nice talent and with 7 total tackles and a sack, can you think of a reason not give him a try in your DL carousel of guesses? Unless you have Trent Cole, Osi or Mario Williams, who can you trust at DL?
(ALL Credit for this next call goes to our fellow IDP brother Eli) DT Tommy Kelly OAK got a sack for his 3rd week in a row and I was happy with him on my team this week. I'm keeping him and hope he has a good game agains Seattle week 8.
DE I. Idonije CHI has a bye week 8, but he had his second good game in a 3 week span with 5 tackles, a sack, forced fumble and pass deflection.
Bye Week & Injury Fill-ins:
S. C. Peprah GB is so tempting and I really like him. I picked him up last minute week 7, but it's difficult to know what safety will be starting for GB. Bigby could be back at any moment and they can pull Peprah for another safety at anytime. So he's risky, but if you know he'll be starting, he's worth the chance.
LB. Mario Haggan DEN is a nice fill in in week 8 vs.SF. He had 8 tackles week 7.
LB J. Belcher KC is worth a flyer against Buffalo in week 8.
S Courtney Greene JAGs is worth a fill-in after finishing with 12 total tackles vs. KC and has the Cowboys in week 8.
LB David Bowens CLE had 2 INTs for TDs. This is the game of the old man's life, but don't let the skewed stats fool you when looking at high scoring LBs in your league. This is not a guy you want to rely on for your team.
DT Marcus Thomas DEN had 10 total tackles vs. OAK week 7. Hi previous week were not anywhere close to this so don't pull the trigger based on this performance.
LB Gary Guyton NE shares ILB position with Brandon Spikes. You never can tell which one will have the bigger game because these guys switch based on packages, which can change on the fly during the game.
DB Chris Owens ATL finished with 11 total tackles covering Ochocinco.
So who owned DeAngelo Hall this week? haha 7 solos and 4 INTs! Congratulations!
S Patrick Chung left the game with a knee injury so no points for me and no points for you equals a big pile of hot smelly poo. Between him and giving BUF matchup Andra Davis a try, I had some bad week spots on my D this week. Luckily KC D. Johnson had a hell of a week for me. But I'm so mad that I went against my better judgement and left Greg Toler on the wire. He had 12 total tackles again. Does this guy have any bad games!
I'm thankful my last name isn't the same as the guy from the Eagles, "Fokou". I grew up in DC and I think I would have been beat up a lot whenever I told people my last name.
LB Timmons PIT has his first "slow" game of the year. We'll keep on eye if this becomes a trend, but he'll rebound nicely against NO next week.
D. Washington outperformed partner Paris Lenon by a good bit week 7. Gotta see it again to know if this is a new trend, but Lenon let down quite a few IDP guys this week.
Curse S Quentin Mikell's PHI & his inconsistency. What a week he had though.
Ray Lewis went off and I benched him. Looking back, I'd do it again so I can't beat myself up, but I sure could have used that 31 point performance.